Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has signed an agreement with South Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries Co. LTD on design approval and survey under construction of a new series of 42 000 dwt Arctic shuttle oil carriers (project 42К Arctic Shuttle Tanker).
The new tankers are designed to complete a set of tasks of hydrocarbons transportation from Novoportovskoye field, which is situated in the north of Yamal peninsula, 30 km off the Gulf of Ob coast. The propulsion unit with two Azipod azimuth thrusters and a special hull shape will enable the ships to operate year-round in harsh Arctic conditions.
Length – 232 m
Breadth – 34 m
Draught – 9.5 m
The construction is to begin in April 2015. The series, comprising six ships will be constructed to dual RS / LR class.
Class notation: KM✪ Arc7 AUT1-ICS OMBO LI CCO ECO-S BWM BLS-SPM Oil tanker (ESP) CSR. It is planned to complete the construction at the end of 2017.